A local group that raises money to help people with their winter heating bills did not meet its fund-raising goal by the end of the official campaign, but will continue to accept donations, the treasurer of volunteer group said today.
Warren Rhodes, treasurer of Warm Hearts, which assists Douglas County residents with heating costs, said $50,501 had been raised as of Wednesday evening. The goal of the campaign, which officially ended Wednesday, is $70,000. Rhodes said the group will continue to take donations in hopes of meeting the campaign goal.
"With a day like today and the one we had yesterday, we could have some trouble with this figure," Rhodes said. "We're in Kansas."
Warm Hearts raised about $59,000 last winter, helping 1,054 local residents, including 89 single-parent families and 562 children.
As of Friday, Warm Hearts had received 22 applications for assistance from a total of 67 people, said Sherri Cannon, director of the Ballard Community Center. Cannon said Warm Hearts updates applications every Friday.
People who need help with their winter heating bills may apply at social services agencies across Lawrence. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must have a shut-off notice from electric or gas service and must have made an effort to make a payment during the period for which they are requesting assistance. Warm Hearts makes payments directly to utility companies.
Donations to Warm Hearts may be sent to P.O. Box 1555, Lawrence 66044.